Product Type: VTech baby products
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VTech Sing And Splash Fish
Member Name: mumto3
VTech Sing And Splash Fish
Advantages: It comes with batteries
Disadvantages: not much entertainment value
When my youngest child celebrated her first birthday we bought her a Vtech sing and splash fish as one of her gifts.
As she is the youngest of four it is hard to find things that we don't already have especially for this age range. I bought the Vtech sing and splash fish a couple of days before her birthday in a state of desperation as the poor girl hardly had anything to unwrap on her big day.
The fish comes in a cardboard box with the instructions and it is already fitted with 2 x AAA batteries. Once you get it out of the box you do have to fit the two fins on the sides of the fish but then you are ready to play.
The fish is made of hard plastic that is mostly orange. The toy is shaped like a goldfish with a button on one side and clear section on the top that contains a flashing light and some small coloured balls. The tail is a handle on the back and there is a small hole through the back for the water to go in. The fishes mouth is made up of more holes for the water to come out.
The fish sings a couple of songs plays tunes and according to the box makes glugging noises and plays melodies when the water runs through it. I do not know if this is correct about the gurgling noises as I have never put the fish in the bath. I find that bath toys tend to get mucking inside and are almost impossible to clean so as this was quite an expensive toy I decided to keep it out of the bath.
The Vtech sing and splash fish cost me about £10 from Asda but is currently (Nov 11) from www.amazon.co.uk for around £7.
My daughter doesn't mind that this toy is in her toy box she doesn't know it is meant for the bath so she just plays with it anyway. She likes to carry the fish around like a bag and will just keep pressing the button to make the music play continuously. You can't really see the flashing light in the top so I don't feel that this adds anything to the toy. There are only two songs so this can get a bit monotonous especially when played over and over again.
To be honest I wasn't sure what to expect when I bought this toy but I do feel a little disappointed with it. I think the people at Vtech were maybe running out of ideas because I'm not really sure why you want a music playing fish in the bath.
The recommended age range is from six months but I think a baby that young would struggle to lift this toy as it is quite heavy. I think a baby of that age would like the music but not sure it would add anything to bath time that a plastic boat or cup couldn't.
My daughter has played with this sing and splash fish but not very much or very often. If I had thought about it or read reviews at the time I probably wouldn't have bought it. I don't think the fish does enough to be interesting enough and just by adding the water pouring still wouldn't do much to enhance the entertainment value.
The toy is well made as you would expect from Vtech but I don't feel it is up to the usual standard in entertainment or educational value.
I wouldn't recommend the Vtech Sing and Splash Fish as I'm not sure what it brings in entertainment value. There are much better musical toys available and much better bath toys and I am not sure that mixing the two really works.
Summary: There are better musical toys and bath toys available
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